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Profiles of engagement in online communities of citizen science participation

Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (2017). Profiles of engagement in online communities of citizen science participation. Computers in Human Behavior, 74 pp. 246–256.

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Citizen participation in online communities of scientific investigations has recently become more popular. Enhancing the engagement of citizens within these communities is a focus of attention for researchers and practitioners who want to amplify the impact on learning, science and society. This study investigates the relationship between engagement factors and behaviour patterns in an online community that requires high levels of citizen participation. While other studies explore engagement in communities where citizens contribute data, the current research investigates a community to support citizens in facilitating their own scientific investigations. Data were collected from log files and questionnaires, and multiple measures of engagement were examined: engagement metrics, roles, motivation, attitude, satisfaction and belonging to the community. The results allowed comparison of the engagement levels among different types of citizen participation communities and categorised members in engagement profiles, according to their behaviour patterns. Findings indicate a need for differing design approaches based on the type of citizen participation community and individual engagement profiles.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors.
ISSN: 0747-5632
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Personal Inquiry (PI): Designing for Evidence-based Inquiry Learning across Formal and Informal SettingsRES-139-25-0382ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: citizen participation; online community; engagement; Citizen Science; citizen inquiry
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 49260
Depositing User: Maria Aristeidou
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 12:36
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 15:54
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